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By The Mercury

Wanda Dunn, 85, died Friday at the Heritage of Overland Park.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on June 4, 1928, in Alta Vista. She was the daughter of Walter and Allie (Edwards) Swartz.  Wanda graduated from Alta Vista High School with the class of 1946.

Wanda was united in marriage to Daniel J. Dunn on Dec. 22, 1946, in Alta Vista. This union was blessed with three children, Clint, Linda and Rex.

She was the first teletype operator processing all the catalog orders at Sears in Manhattan.

She had several hobbies and enjoyments in life, but sewing was always dear to her heart. This skill was developed in 4-H and blossomed into over 200 quilts and many styles of clothes for her family over the years.  Baking treats, especially cookies, was Wanda’s way of showing her appreciation for family, friends and even people she did not know. Dancing and supper at the American Legion with Dan was also a highlight. She loved walking and shopping, so she developed those two hobbies into being an accomplished speedwalker/powershopper. Above all, Wanda loved being with and talking about her beloved family.

Memberships include the Order of the Eastern Star and First Christian Church, Manhattan.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Daniel; a son, Rex; and three brothers, Robert, Clifford and Lester.

Survivors include her son, Clint Dunn and his wife Teresa of Louisburg; a daughter, Linda Ruzicka and her husband Tom of Aurora, Colo.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother Duane Swartz of Abilene. 

Graveside services will be at noon on Friday at the Dwight Cemetery in Dwight.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. on Friday at the First Christian Church of Manhattan with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt and the Rev. Paul Allen officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley County 4-H in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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